[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Wade Davis struck out a Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Triple-A record 13 batters but the Bulls could not muster up enough offense as they fall 5-2 to Toledo Wednesday at the DBAP.
Toledo struck first in the first with a solo-shot from Marcus Thames off Davis, putting the Mud Hens up 1-0. Toledo added two more in the third frame with another solo-shot off Davis, this time from Will Rhymes, and a two-out RBI single putting the Mud Hens up 3-0.
That would be all the runs Davis would allow as he would go on to retire 10 of the next 13 batters, with nine coming via strikeout, for a total of 13 strikeouts which set a season-high for the Bulls and tied his career-high set in 2007 with Vero Beach (Class-A). He finished with six frames of work, giving up three earned runs off of eight hits, including two home runs, and one walk for his third quality start of the season.
Durham cut its deficit to one with a two-run rally in the sixth. Chris Richard scored from third on a wild pitch followed by Chris Nowak who also scored from third, this time from Ray Olmedo groundout.
Toledo added two more runs in the eighth with a two-run homer off of reliever Jason Childers to put the game out of reach for the Bulls. Childers and Chad Orvella both made appearances out of the Bullpen combining to add four more strikeouts for a game total of 17, the most by the Bulls’ pitching staff this season.
Toledo evened up their series with Durham at one-game a piece. The Bulls will look to take the series lead Thursday as Carlos Hernandez takes the mound for Durham with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.